NOTICES

THE COMING 2 WEEKS AT ST HELEN’S

No Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer until 4th September.

ON WEDNESDAYS Holy Communion will be celebrated in the South Aisle at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

ON SUNDAYS At 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) is celebrated.

ON SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST Sung Eucharist will be at 10.30 am and Sung Evensong will be at 5.30 pm.

ON SATURDAY 26th the wedding of Jamie Griffin & Jojo Steer will be at 2.00 pm, after which the bells will be rung. All are welcome at the wedding.

ON SUNDAY 27TH AUGUST Sung Eucharist will be at 10.30 am. There is a Baptism at 3.00 pm. There will be NO evening service.

PEAL ATTEMPT on Saturday, 2nd September at 10.00 am.

ON SUNDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER Holy Communion (BCP) will be at St Nicolas at 8.00 am, Sung Eucharist with Baptism and Welcome to the newly baptised will be at 10.30 am and Vespers will be at 5.30 pm.

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NOTICES

ST HELEN’S@LUNCH will meet at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 22nd August at The Dog House, Frilford Heath. No need to book, just turn up. If you need, or can offer a lift contact Susan Scott on 01235 522960.

HERITAGE DAY and RIDE ‘N STRIDE 2017 will be on Saturday 9th September. We will need at least three stewards on duty throughout the day. Please sign-up on the list in church.

SILENT REFLECTIONS on Tuesday 29th August at St Michael’s from 7.30pm. Theme: Wisdom from the Desert Fathers and Mothers; “People are not the problem”.

TRINITY LEARNING exists to help Abingdon Schools who need volunteers on a regular basis to listen to young people read, play board games at lunch time, help with simple art and craft activities. Visit www.trintiylearning.org.uk or contact Rosemary Perrow on 01235 520282 trinity learning@gmail.com

20th/27th August 2017 Trinity 10 & 11

Fragility ...

Summer rituals ... by the sea, in the park, on holiday, in the garden, around the table ... fleeting snatches of sunshine, warmth, repose, good company. But also, in recent summers, overlain with grimmer rituals, turning to the news to find yet another terrorist atrocity, chilling in their increasing familiarity. We’ve been having ample reminders this summer—in our personal circles, our parish family, and the wider world—of the fragility of human life, and its preciousness. Reminders to cherish one another, not to take one another for granted, and whenever we part, to place one another in God’s hands.

... Tenacity

St Paul wrote, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed’ (2 Cor. 4:8-9; for his secret, read the whole chapter!). Life continues, despite all the many assaults on our confidence, our hope, our health, our faith. We can take the Canaanite woman of our 20 August Gospel reading from Matthew as our model, watching as she perseveres despite setbacks.

How many coffee cups to the moon?

As we cherish one another, can we remember to cherish the earth as well? Every year in Britain, we produce—and throw away—5 billion paper coffee cups. The 100,000 trees consumed each year to make them is just the beginning of these lightweight cups’ heavy footprint. Very few of the plastic-lined cups we discard can or will be recycled; instead, they will join the growing mountain of toxic waste with which we are poisoning the earth. Those free Waitrose coffees and teas do have a price—rest assured, I am preaching to myself here as well!

Starting on 3 September, our first-Sunday Faith Forum this Autumn will take up Care for the Earth from a Christian perspective, examining the theology of environmental issues, lessons from St Francis, the involvement of young people in biodiversity and conservation research, and reducing our parish footprint. We hope to see you there! Coffee, as ever, from 9.00 am—in reusable cups.

The Revd Jane Baun, Associate Priest